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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the practical patient care editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

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Tailored cancer treatment to improve survival rate
29 December, 2017
A team at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, US, made a scientific...
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Are doctors mistreating obesity? 29 December, 2017 Doctors are misdiagnosing and mistreating obesity, and it is doing serious harm to society. This is the belief of Dr Nadia Ahmad, senior obesity solutions adviser for Ethicon and...

Egypt’s successful fight against Hepatitis C 29 December, 2017 Hepatitis C is a huge problem in many developing countries, but Egypt has suffered more than most. High infection rates and poor health education have resulted in millions of...

Evidence-based care to control over-prescription of drugs 29 December, 2017 Over-prescribing medications and referring patients for needless procedures are inflating the cost of healthcare in the UAE. Eliminating financial incentives for doctors is one of...

Educating Omani women could help in avoiding c-sections 29 December, 2017 Experts in GCC countries are advising women to avoid caesarean section births, stating that the practice is linked with poor wound care and ongoing side effects. As cultural...

Danger of cybervirus on Middle East's healthcare industry 29 December, 2017 In modern, connected hospitals, cyberviruses can be as lethal as physical ones. Elly Earls talks to Scott Manson, Cisco’s cybersecurity expert for the Middle East and Turkey, about...

Risk factors of Middle East respiratory syndrome 29 December, 2017 The ongoing battle against Middle East respiratory syndrome is the biggest infection control challenge throughout the region. However, the disease ranges greatly in severity, with...

New psychiatric hospitals in the Middle East help overcome taboos 29 December, 2017 New attitudes and pioneering psychiatric hospital designs are overcoming mental health taboos in the Middle East. Eleanor Wilson gathers expert insight from a psychiatrist and...

Speedy testing for STIs - revolutionising point-of-care treatment 06 April, 2017 Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) take a day to diagnose in the lab, and patients aren’t often keen to hear their results. Dr John Clarkson believes he can cut that time down to...

Small steps – supporting dementia patients 06 April, 2017 Patients with dementia receiving treatment in hospital are being offered a new style of support to help ensure that they are staying nourished and mentally active. Practical Patient...

Smartphones at the ready - antibiotic-resistant microbes 06 April, 2017 To fight the looming threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes, an interdisciplinary team of engineering and pharmaceutical researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles,...

It’s in the blood – assessing average blood-sugar levels 06 April, 2017 US researchers have developed a more precise method for estimating average blood-sugar levels that can cut diagnostic errors by more than 50% compared with the current, widely used...

Catheter crisis – making dialysis safer 06 April, 2017 Bloodstream infections in dialysis patients in the US could be cut in half if dialysis facilities were to implement new CDC recommendations. A new initiative, the Making Dialysis...

In cold plasma – new therapy frontiers 04 April, 2017 Cold plasma therapy is generating a buzz across multiple areas of medicine. According to a recent study, it could hold significant promise in treating chronic wounds, regenerating...

Bugs vs bots – using robots to sterilise drug-resistant bacteria 04 April, 2017 Robots emitting UV light are now being used to disinfect hospital rooms, sterilising drug-resistant bacteria that chemicals and humans may have missed. Clyde Brawner and Darin Smith...

Patient education in Europe – EWMA and diabetic care 04 April, 2017 European Wound Management Association (EWMA) council members Dr Sebastian Probst, professor of tissue viability and wound care at the School of Health Sciences, University of...

Handheld diagnosis for bedsores – biometric scanners 04 April, 2017 A host of new devices that aim to prevent pressure ulcers are being trialled in hospitals across the world and have seen great results. The new handheld biometric scanners use sensors...

Bone of contention – does ultrasound help to heal fractures? 15 February, 2017 Ultrasound is performed to help speed the healing of bone fractures, but a randomised trial reports the procedure is actually ineffective and we may have been engaging in junk science...

Less is more - revolutionary new X-ray detection 15 February, 2017 A revolutionary new X-ray detector could significantly reduce the radiation dose given to patients. Elly Earls meets the man behind the research, Professor Jinsong Huang, to find out how.

From outer space to life science – compact gamma cameras 15 February, 2017 Gamma cameras are traditionally large devices that are situated in nuclear medicine departments, but technology from the world of astrophysics has enabled the production of compact...


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